Ecker, Renz Complete Merger
Ecker Center for Mental Health and Renz Addiction Counseling Center have finalized a complete merger as of July 1, 2020 becoming one organization, Ecker Center for Behavioral Health.
The organization unites two complementary agencies, each with similar cultures and excellent reputations for providing behavioral health care services to local communities for decades.
The Renz office at 2 American Way in Elgin will continue to provide their current services. Additional substance use treatment will be offered at the main location at 1845 Grandstand Place in the near future.
“We are excited that our combined organization will be able to provide more accessible and comprehensive health care services for our clients. The merger will offer opportunities for Ecker Center for Behavioral Health to grow as an organization and increase its positive impact on the communities it serves. I look forward to our future as we continue to lead individuals to a healthier life,” said Dr. Sandouka, CEO.
Dear Ecker Community,
In an effort to keep our Ecker Community safe, all walk-in new client intake will be suspended until further notice. The majority of other appointments will be delivered telephonically. If this change impacts you, you will be notified by one of our team members. Please refrain from coming to the agency if you do not feel well or have a risk factor for COVID-19. Ecker staff will return client phone calls as quickly as possible as call volume is unusually high at this time. The website will be updated as the current situation evolves. Please take good care and know that Ecker is here for you.
Ecker Heats up with Generous Donations
A week before Christmas, Ecker Center for Mental Health’s maintenance staff discovered that the first-floor’s HVAC unit had stopped functioning.
The industrial HVAC system supplied heat and air conditioning for the last 15 years to Ecker’s staff, clients and visitors. As the winter temperatures continued to drop and the client appointment load climbed over the two-week holiday season, staff were concerned that without heat client care would be disrupted.
The estimated cost to replace the HVAC unit exceeds $50,000.00. Repairing the HVAC unit was necessary, but the concern regarding the impact on the agency’s financial reserves for the provision of client care was at the forefront, according to Ecker CEO. Therefore, Ecker staff reached out to vendors, foundations and local elected officials for emergency assistance. In a season of giving, the agency was so fortunate to have the following individuals and organizations rescue us during this unfortunate emergency; State Representative Anna Moeller, State Senator Cristina Castro, Hanover Township 708 Mental Health Board, Hanover Township Foundation, Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association and KCT Credit Union. Our gratitude is boundless.
Hanover Township Supervisor, Brian McGuire, presented Dr. Sandouka with a check for $10,000.00 and the Hanover Township 708 Mental Health Board graciously provided Ecker Center with an emergency grant of $25,000.00. In addition to these generous, warming contributions the Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department donated $2,500.00 and KCT Credit Union $1,000.00.
CEO Dr. Daphne Sandouka is pictured below with Brian McGuire, accepting the $10,000.00 check. She would like to thank each organization for their donation and their support. The Ecker Center is so grateful that their clients and staff will be warm this winter and mostly that client services won’t be interrupted. Dr. Sandouka said, “A few days before Christmas most people are busy with family and holiday gatherings. These caring individuals and organizations made the Ecker Center’s emergency a priority and we cannot thank them enough.”
Donations to help further defray the HVAC replacement costs are being accepted via check or online:
The 2nd Annual Ecker Client Art Show and Sale
The 2nd Annual Ecker Art Show and Sale was held on Thursday, December 2nd. The Elgin ArtSpace Gallery walls held beautiful works of art created by Ecker clients. Over $1000.00 worth of art was sold at the event, a record for Ecker Center.
Annual Tree Sale Fundraiser
Fest & Folly 2019 was a success!
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of sponsors, raffle purchasers, guests, and volunteers!